Mockingbird, NaPoWriMo 2020, Day 30



Every year–

I wait for spring

to hear again

the mockingbird sing–

the effort he exerts—

that brings to me such pleasure.


Now hear the sound of robins, cardinals, jays,

all of their phrases within his song

so long, and repeated with such power,

calling from above the flowers

as he perches in a tree.


See—he struts,

with wings outstretched

he flaunts his stuff—


but it’s his voice that floats

above the pink-petaled rain,

he’s sustained

by hope–or desperation–

the sound

goes ‘round and round

through the midnight hours


singing with so much might

he summons dawn’s light—


and still he sings

into the after.


So. . .many of you know I’ve had a rough couple of weeks, and I stopped participating in this year’s NaPoWriMo and other prompts. But, here’s one on-prompt for the last day of NaPoWriMo to write a poem about something that returns. I felt like doing a bit of rhyme.

I’m also linking it to Open Link Night at dVerse, where Kim is hosting and notes “we are listening.”







59 thoughts on “Mockingbird, NaPoWriMo 2020, Day 30

  1. Does a mockingbird actually imitate other birdsongs? Wow. I knew that magpies and crows could mimic even human words.

  2. Pink-petaled rain. My daughter took a photograph and called it “pink snow”. Beautiful backdrop for the mockingbird. I wonder, does he have a song of his own?

    • Thank you. I think I’ve maybe called it pink snow, too. It’s so pretty.
      Apparently, the mockingbirds do have their own songs, but they change because they keep adding to it.

  3. Knowing what you’ve been through, Merril, I understood your absence from April’s poetry, but I‘m delighted you made it for the last day – and with a wonderful poem. Your mockingbird is like my magpie, he returns again and again – if he is the same one! His voice is less tuneful but just as welcome. I love the crescendo of birdsong in the second stanza, the mockingbird’s rendition is truly multilingual, and the image of him strutting and flaunting his stuff, not so different from the magpie.

    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Kim. I appreciate it.
      Many years ago, when our girls were little, and we had other cats who have passed, there was a mockingbird that stopped in front of the open window where one of the cats was sitting and did this sort of stop in midair flashing maneuver. I saw a mockingbird do something like that outside a few weeks ago.
      I hope you’re feeling better.

      • Thank you, Merril. The shingles has cleared up but I slipped and fell in the shower in Wednesday, so I’m taking it easy for a bit. I hope you’re well. I’ll be thinking of you.

      • Oh no! Kim, I’m so sorry. I hope you weren’t injured too badly. But I’m glad the shingles have cleared-up. My mother-in-law had a terrible time with shingles.

      • My neck, shoulder and arm ache, and I have a purple toe. I had a break from writing today, but had to keep up with reading and commenting. No peace for the wicked!

  4. Mockingbirds are amazing, and you really captured their character with your poem. We have them year-round here, often belting out quite a repertoire of bird songs. Every so often, one will perch on a nearby branch and just go through the whole song list 😉 They’re also tough birds. I once saw a mockingbird dive-bomb a cat several times as the cat made his way across a road. I suspect the cat was a bit too close to the mockingbird’s nest. They don’t hesitate to chase off hawks either 😉

  5. As always, your words paint a glorious picture and your talent abounds. I know there’s no time limit, but I hope your heart is healing some, dear friend. Know that you are in my thoughts daily. xo ❤️

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